“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.“ Bruntland Commission - 1987
The Anishinaabe and other Tribal Nations inhabiting this area, including the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, sustained their communities through a balanced relationship with the land, the river, and the lake for over 10,000 years. Now, under the direction of its residents and with the guidance of city leadership, The City of Duluth seeks to continue sustainable development - centering the needs of current residents, future generations, and the environment while in pursuit of economic prosperity.
Duluth’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050 will result in a more resilient Duluth, ready to tackle the effects of our changing climate and pollution. For more information on how we plan to make progress, see our Climate Action Work Plan.
Energy Conservation: Four Steps toward Savings!
Light bulbs and appliances are usually at the top of everyone’s list on how to save energy. However, did you know that heating (and cooling) usually account for half of home energy use?
City of Duluth Adopts Inaugural Climate Action Work Plan
In early 2022, the City of Duluth adopted its first ever Climate Action Work Plan, an important milestone that will help the City strategically move forward with sustainability initiatives and meet climate goals.
LED lighting: saving energy, carbon, and costs
Lighting upgrades at several hockey rinks around Duluth helped the City lower both its carbon footprint and the operational cost of the rinks.
Climate Change and Green Infrastructure in Duluth, Minnesota
The City of Duluth is taking steps to implement climate-ready green infrastructure to reduce the risk of flood damage and protect our outstanding water resources.
A Month Without a Car
To explore the benefits of an electronic bike, the City’s Energy and Sustainability Assistant, Julia Forberg, was given the chance to use an e-bike for a whole month.
City staff in Parks Maintenance are trying out something new this fall: electric grounds and maintenance equipment!